Plaza Pride Newsletter

Working together to engage, challenge, inspire and grow.

1/15/2021

MESSAGE FROM THE PRINCIPAL

Good afternoon Plaza families,


As we end the first semester at Plaza Middle School, I look back at our journey this school year. The path has been fraught with numerous trials and tribulations however, the adaptation of the Plaza community, staff, and students has been remarkable.


Like the New Year, a new semester offers an opportunity to hit the "reset" button and start again. My hope is that everyone takes advantage of the present and not look at the end of the semester as "game over" but rather the start of the semester as a "new game."


Please be mindful of next week's schedule as it looks different due to the MLK holiday. Also included in this newsletter is information on upcoming NWEA testing, fundraisers, make-up photo day, happenings at Plaza, etc.


Stay safe out there and Together We Rise.


Dr. Adrian Singletary

Interim Principal

Plaza Middle School

PLAZA WEEK-AT-A-GLANCE

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NWEA WINTER TESTING

Our students will be taking our NWEA MAP Growth assessments on Tuesday the 19th and Wednesday the 20th. MAP Growth is an assessment for measuring achievement and growth in K-12 math, reading, language usage, and/or science. Plaza will be proctoring the Winter NWEA window in-person for hybrid learners and virtually for online learners. To find out more and learn how to prepare your student for this important test, please visit our Plaza webpage on NWEA testing at Plaza.

SEMESTER 2 BEGINS THE WEEK OF JANUARY 18TH

PHSD will be out of school for Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. day on January 18th. Semester 2 will begin on Tuesday, January 19th. Our schedule will be different this week, please see the illustration below.
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NEW & EXISTING FAMILY ORIENTATION

Families new or returning to Plaza, you can find out information on your students teams, school drop off & pick up procedures and more on our Family Orientation page (link).
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DINE & DONATE ON JANUARY 19TH AT CHIPOTLE

Plaza is teaming up with Chipotle for a dine & donate night on Tuesday, January 19th, 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm at 8600 N. Boardwalk Ave. 33% of sales will come directly back to Plaza. Order online for pick up with code GZTKVYW. What a good way to kick off the second semester!
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PHOTO RETAKE DAYS



School photo retake days for hybrid students and virtual students will be on Tuesday, January 19th and Wednesday, January 20th from 9:45 am - 11:15 am.

Virtual families: If your student needs photo retakes, please sign up on our sign up genius (link) to reserve your student's time slot.

REMINDER OF ALLERGIES AT PLAZA

Just a reminder that we have individuals that have severe allergies to latex. Therefore, no latex products will be allowed in the building. Thank you for doing your part in keep all of our Tigers safe!

HAPPENINGS AT PLAZA

EYE EXAMS AND GLASSES

ICare4Kids is hosting a free eye exam and eyeglasses (income based) for Plaza students January 21 - January 26. You can schedule your student online at:

https://practisforms.com/milesofsmilesinc/forms/icare4kids-form Please see the flyer below for more info.

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STUDENT ANTIGEN TESTING

Starting on January 4, Park Hill School District started to offer antigen testing to students who have COVID-19 symptoms. We already offer this to staff members. If your child has symptoms, please contact the school nurse at 816-359-4214.


If your child is experiencing symptoms of Covid-19 and are wanting to have them tested, here's how:


1.) Must be a student in the Park Hill School District.

2.) Must have symptoms.

3.) Call School nurse for consult 359-4214, once verified you will be given a number to make appointment for testing site.

4.) Click and print this consent form below. (Fill out prior to your child's appointment.)


Please contact me if your child has an exposure or symptoms of Covid, or if you have any health or wellness concerns at any time.


Miechele Berkley

Plaza Middle School Nurse

816-359-4214

BerkleyM@parkhill.k12.mo.us

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PRE-PURCHASE YOUR 2020-21 PLAZA YEARBOOK TODAY!

Yearbooks are currently priced at $30.00. Visit Jostens.com (link).

PARK HILL ONLINE LEARNING SUPPORT LINE

Park Hill School District has a new Online Learning Support Line! The purpose of this support line is to help parents navigate online learning tools. This line is currently being answered at the District Office. The phone number is (816) 359-4044 and is answered 8:00 am - 5:00 pm.


We also have Park Hill Parent University for parents (link). PH Parent University helps parents access information related to online learning tools.


A new addition to the Parent University is the Virtual Relaxation Room (link). This is a space created for all staff, parents, students and community members. Many of the tools included in this website are designed to calm, comfort and create a space for relaxation. This is a great spot to practice self-care.

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9TH GRADE ENROLLMENT

We are entering enrollment season at our high schools which means it is time for 8th graders to start thinking about next school year. High School students in the Park Hill District have a choice about where they attend high school. Plaza students may enroll in Park Hill High School or the LEAD Innovation Studio. We encourage all families to learn about their options and choose what they feel is the best fit for their student. In the coming weeks all 8th graders will have presentations from their home high school and LEAD. There will also be enrollment and information evenings for families in the coming weeks to learn more about high school options.


The Lead Innovation Center Staff will be presenting enrollment information at Plaza to all 8th grade hybrid students on Thursday, January 21 and Friday, January 22. All online students will be able to attend an online presentation on January 25th or January 26th. Park Hill High School presentation information dates to be held at Plaza are not finalized yet but will be coming soon.


For interested families, LEAD will be hosting in person and virtual informational evenings. Interested Students and Parents/ Guardians are encouraged to attend. Dates for those are listed below. The number of guests is limited to ensure we are able to safely host events. You may sign up for in person events here: LEAD Info Night Sign-up. Here is the link to sign up for: LEAD Virtual Information Events.


In Person Information Evenings: Wed, 1/20 (6:00 and 7:30), Wed, 1/27 (6:00 and 7:30), Mon, 2/1 (6:00 and 7:30), Wed, 2/3 (6:00 and 7:30)


Virtual Information Events: Wed, 1/27 (noon and 7:00pm), Thurs, 1/28 (7:00pm), Mon, 2/1 (7:00pm), Tues, 2/2 (7:00pm)


Park Hill High School will be holding an enrollment information evening on January 28th.


All 8th grade students will receive enrollment forms for both their home high school and LEAD. Students should return completed, signed enrollment forms to their counselor by no later than February 9th.


To learn more about LEAD, check out the following links:

LEAD Website

“LEAD is” page

LEAD FAQ

LEAD Facebook

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PARK HILL POSTCARDS: SHARE THE LOVE WITH YOUR PARK HILL FAMILY

Our teachers, administrators and support staff have gone above and beyond this year, and we want to thank them for everything they do.

Park Hill created a simple and fun way for you to send support to a Park Hill staff member using a digital postcard. All you need is their email address! You can find Plaza Staff email addresses here on our Plaza webpage (link).



HOW TO SEND A PARK HILL POSTCARD:

  • Have your recipient's Park Hill email address nearby.
  • Click a postcard on our Park Hill website (link).
  • Write a personalized message to the recipient.
  • Click submit, and we will take care of the rest!

REGISTRATION NOW OPEN FOR PARK HILL SPELLING BEE

The Park Hill District spelling bee will be a two part online assessment this year with the winner advancing directly to the Scripps National Spelling Bee held near Washington, DC., June 1 - 3. Awards will be presented to the top ten finishers. All current Park Hill 5th-8th graders are eligible, but students must sign up by February 1st. For more information, and to register, please use the link below or visit the Park Hill website under “Family Resources”, “Spelling Bee”.

https://www.parkhill.k12.mo.us/family_resources/spelling_bee

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MESSAGE OF UNITY

Here at Plaza we are stronger together! Through these difficult times, having a shared vision and beliefs will allow us to overcome all obstacles. Through grace, compassion, and love we will weather the storm.


Together.We.Rise

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JOIN PTA!

Join the Plaza PTA and help give back to your community and teachers! You can choose an individual membership for only $15.00, or a business membership for $50.00. Your membership will help support your students, your community and your Plaza teachers! To learn more or to join, simply fill out the PTA request form (link) today!

PTA OFFICERS

President: Maria Acosta, mcacosta71@gmail.com

Vice-President Membership: Staci Moran, moranclan03@yahoo.com
Treasurer: Joe Ciccio, ciccio441@gmail.com
Recording Secretary: Shannon Beane, csbeane@gmail.com
Fundraising: Angie Barton, angela.d.barton@gmail.com

2020-21 PTA meeting dates

2020-21 PTA MEETING DATES

All PTA Meetings will be held virtually (link below) 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm on the following Monday evenings (unless noted):



Monday, December 7 *CANCELLED*

Monday, January 4 *CANCELLED*

Monday, February 1

Monday, March 1

Monday, April 5

Monday, May 3


Logon to Zoom to join the PTA meetings:

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/9900896808?pwd=U1FaZG5jT3VKM3lObjh2alBmWHF1UT09

Meeting id: 990 089 6808

Passcode: 9663

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MESSAGE FROM THE PRINCIPAL

Tiger Nation,


Happy New Year!!! I hope you had a restful break. We are excited to have your student back in our physical and virtual spaces. Please take a moment to view our newsletter as the coming weeks will be very busy as we transition into the second semester.


I also want to make quick note of the week of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. holiday. Due to the holiday, the school schedule will look different. We will also be administering our Winter NWEA exams that Tuesday the 19th and Wednesday the 20th. This round of testing will take place in-person for hybrid students and online for our virtual learners. Additional details will be sent out to your learner in the coming week. As we approach the end of this semester, lets continue our hard work and collaboration. Finish strong!!!


I would remiss if I did not address the events that took place earlier this week. As many of you are aware, Wednesday our nation witnessed an event that will go down in American History.


This event displayed the effects of when people cannot get along and not work toward a common goal.


Here at Plaza, We have tried to uphold our belief in collaboration, cooperation, and teamwork.

Our building-wide mantra of Together We Rise is no more evident, is no more relevant, and is no more needed than this very moment in time.


We will continue to live out these principles not only in word, but in deed.


We are strong.

We are resilient.

We are Plaza.


Take care of yourself and one another.


Dr. Adrian Singletary

Interim Principal

Plaza Middle School

Tiger Talk 12.18.20

MESSAGE FROM THE PRINCIPAL

Plaza families,


I am very proud of the effort by all of our students and staff over the past two weeks with how we have collectively handled distance learning. As 2020 has shown us, flexibility and perseverance are key to our success. On Monday, December 14th we will be transitioning back to our previous modality of hybrid and online learning modes. Please make note of this and adjust your schedules accordingly.


We have a number of events happening this week as well as a spirit week to keep the holiday spirit present. Take a look as we would invite you to participate with us!


Let us finish the year strong and most importantly, healthy. Take care of yourself and one another.


Dr. Adrian Singletary

Interim Principal

Plaza Middle School

Message from the Principal

Tiger Nation,


We have just completed our first week of full distance learning at Plaza Middle School. Students and teachers have been working diligently to transition to a new modality for the weeks following Thanksgiving break. I have been heartened observing all of great learning experiences that are taking place hour after hour in the digital space.


As we approach the second week of distance learning, reflect on what made the first week a success or perhaps what presented challenges and communicate those efforts with our staff to better support you and your learner.


Thank you all for your commitment and continued flexibility this year.


Take care.


Dr. Adrian Singletary

Interim Principal

Plaza Middle School

Message from the Principal

Plaza families,


As we approach Thanksgiving holiday, I want to express my appreciation and gratitude to you. This will be an opportunity to recharge, renew, and reconnect at home with our families. As a parent of school-aged children myself, I understand the roller coaster of emotions this school year has brought.


When we return, Plaza will be in an all virtual modality for two weeks. I am excited for the prospect of bringing our numerous learning modalities together. This will provide more opportunities to connect with our teachers and staff.


Over the coming days, our teachers will be preparing hybrid learners for this shift in learning modality and for our online Tigers, an updated schedule of connection opportunities.


We Are Resilient. We Are Strong. We Are Tigers.


Dr. Adrian Singletary

Interim Principal

Plaza Middle School

Message from the principal

Tiger Nation,


Make no mistake, we are experiencing tremendous adversity. This pandemic has impacted our resources and it has dominated our collective mindshare. We are continuing to monitor our position within these trying times to ensure we are coming from a place of strength.


The Plaza community is strong. The teachers are strong. The students are strong. Together we have built something special and we will fight for it. As we continue into the unknown, take solace knowing you are not alone. We will continue to be a motivated staff that will do the best for all students at 6501.


Tigers, I invite you to read the rest of the Smore as it has valuable information on the coming week and the forecast of things to come. Continue to stay intentional in all you do and I hope you all have a safe weekend.


Take care.


Dr. Adrian Singletary

Interim Principal

Plaza Middle School

Message from the Principal

Plaza families,


The start of second quarter is here! What a great opportunity to hit the reset button both mentally and emotionally on the past several months. We have learned much and are up to the task of continuing along the path of upholding our Plaza mission of working together to engage, challenge, inspire, and grow.


This smore in particular holds some very important reminders and happenings at Plaza Middle School. From Staff COVID testing to 2nd semester enrollment declarations, it is packed full of what I believe is necessary information for you to digest.


This week I set before you the task of perspective. We all come from many different walks of life and with that comes perspective. For some these events have been traumatic and challenging and for others it has been an opportunity to reconnect and strengthen bonds. For many it may be a mix of all of the above. Reflect on the perspective you view your world through. This lens is key to developing a consciousness that drives our "why" in all we do and gives us a hope for a better tomorrow.


Remember... the loss to the Las Vegas Raiders seemed like the end of the world earlier this year, however just a year ago that very same week Patrick Mahomes dislocated his knee on a quarterback sneak. He would later lead Kansas City to its first Super Bowl victory in over 50 years.


Perspective.



As always, take care of yourself and one another.



Dr. Adrian Singletary

Interim Principal

Plaza Middle School

Message from the Principal

Good afternoon Tiger Nation,


As the first quarter comes to its conclusion and the second starts anew, take some time to reflect. Take stock of your experiences at Plaza thus far this year. Reflect on what worked for you as a parent and your learner, as well as the challenges faced. As always, we want to partner with you in our process of self improvement and invite you to join us on this journey.


We are indeed in a time that is so unique for all of us. This is especially evident in education. Teaching and learning has and will inherently look different this year. However, we will remain student-focused here at Plaza.


Life continues to find a way here at Plaza. Spirit week was a great experience for staff and students alike. MTSS groups are going and have narrowed our focus in math and reading as well as offering enrichments to stimulate the mind and creativity. Winter sports are about to be underway, 2nd quarter intramurals are starting, and our yearbook staff is hard at work gathering content. Please continue to read below to find additional information of other timely news at Plaza.


In the coming weeks, please continue to reflect on the finite time that we have and more importantly what we do with it. Intentionality is everything.


Be safe. Don't eat too much candy. Sleep an extra hour, and as always take care of yourself and one another.


Dr. Adrian Singletary

Interim Principal

Plaza Middle School

Message from the principal

Happy Friday Tiger Nation,


We had another great week here at Plaza Middle School. Living in Missouri, all of us are accustomed to the Dr. Jekyll / Mr. Hyde nature of weather, but make no mistake, fall is indeed here! With that said, please be mindful as you embark to school each day and ensure your student is comfortable based on the elements.


Also, we are coming to the conclusion of the first quarter. Please work with your students and their teachers to make a final push to attack their meaningful missing assignments. We will begin second quarter at the end of the week.


We are also excited to announce that we are beginning our MTSS groups during tutorial beginning Monday. Students will have the opportunity to be apart of enrichments and interventions at Plaza. In addition, our second quarter intramurals will begin in the coming weeks. Please be on the lookout for this information as we will have additional learning opportunities for students/families looking for additional support.


Please check the remainder of the Smore for additional news and happenings at Plaza.


I appreciate your continued support for your student as well as our staff here at Plaza Middle School. I understand this time is difficult and fraught with challenges, however this is but a moment in time for our learners and for humanity. Our resilience is being put to the test each and every day in multiple facets of life. However, our resolve to be student focused here at Plaza is unwavering.


Be safe this weekend and take care of yourself and one another.


Dr. Adrian Singletary

Interim Principal

Plaza Middle School

Message from the Principal 10/16/20

Tiger Talk 10/16/20

Message from the principal 10.8

Tiger faithful,


We had a great week at Plaza! we are entering week 5 of our learning at 6501 and I am excited for all the wonderful things that are happening. Our staff continues to build meaningful relationships with students and with those bonds strengthening comes deeper and more engaging experiences.


Although we are in a pandemic, I encourage you to continue to partner with us as we continue to build a better environment at Plaza. We will continue to be reflective in our practices and embody the Park Hill School District value of continuous improvement.


Please take a few moments to glance at all the news we have to share with you, I hope it is informative and timely. Have a wonderful weekend Tiger Nation.


Take care of yourself and one another.


Dr. Adrian Singletary

Interim Principal

Plaza Middle School

Tiger Talk 10.2.20

Message from the principal

Hello Tiger Nation!


I just wanted to take a moment to say that it is my privilege to continue to serve you. We are well underway at Plaza both virtually and in the hybrid modality. Fall sports, activities, and intramurals are going strong and we are proud of the PRIDE each individual Tiger has shown.


We have begun NWEA testing as well as settling into our Wednesday-to-Wednesday instructional chunking routine. While technology may often be a boon, it can also present challenges and frustration.


I would ask that if you continue to experience issues to please reach out to us. Contact your students Life Ed. teacher, content teacher, or technology department. We would love to address your issues and get them resolved. I am also excited to announce that the district has launched its Parent University Portal. This can be accessed via the district website under online learning and provides a myriad of topics and solutions to issues in the hybrid and online digital space.


I understand that COVID has impact all of us in one way or another. Rest assured that we remain steadfast in ensuring the safety of all student and staff at Plaza. That said, WE NEED YOU! Partnering with our families is key to upholding the missing here at Plaza: Working Together, to Engage, Challenge, Inspire, and Grow.


This year we have all collectively experienced trauma with a wide range of situations that extends out to our communities and our nation as a whole. It is apparent more than ever for us to be unified.


This belief is central to our mission and our theme for 2020-21, Together We Rise.


As always, take care of yourself and one another.


Dr. Adrian Singletary

Interim Principal

Plaza Middle School

Message from the Principal

Tiger Nation,


Week two is in the books! I am proud of how students and staff has adjusted to adversity at the beginning of the school year. This is a testament to the grit displayed and how Tigers will react to future challenges.


It was also the first week where we had a virtual day. Our staff and students were engaged in synchronous and asynchronous work throughout the building and in your homes. As a reminder, learning will be broken into weekly "chunks" starting on Wednesday and ending the following Tuesday. New content should be loaded every Wednesday for the new week.


Week two also saw the beginning of our fall sports and activities as well as our homework helper intramural. Please see information below to take full advantage of what additional academic support Plaza has to offer.


As week three approaches, we encounter new events such as NWEA testing and some of our first home sporting events. Please review our information online NWEA testing the coming Wednesdays as well as our protocols on athletic events at Plaza.


Hard to believe that we are already knocking on the door of October. With that said, time waits on no one, let's make the most of it!


Take care of yourself and each other.


Dr. Adrian Singletary

Interim Principal

Plaza Middle School

Message from the Principal

Tiger Nation,


We were so blessed to have the opportunity to begin our school year at Plaza. We had a strong start of the week and look forward to serving the community for the rest of the school year. My hope is that as students returned to you, they had fond stories of their first days back in the building.


If you had issues with technology or the user interface please reach out to the building or your students Life Ed. teacher in order to ensure your learner is on the right path for success.


We have collectively experienced something that no one has ever been through. It is through our commitment to each other that we will prevail. We will continue to improve each and everyday.


Remember to be patient with yourself and one another. Remember to have grace. Remember to have fun!


We Are Resilient. We Are Strong. We Are Tigers


Together We Rise


Dr. Adrian Singletary

Interim Principal

Plaza Middle School

Message from the Principal.

Good day Tiger Nation,


Over the past several weeks, Plaza Middle School staff has been preparing for students to walk through its doors both physically and virtually. We have utilized professional development time to establish safety protocols and well as develop enriching content for our Tigers in the hybrid and virtual modality. Traditional school will look different this year, however what will not change is the commitment to our community and ALL students in Tiger Nation. We know and accept that this year will have its trials and tribulations, but how we deal with this adversity collectively will truly set us apart.


This resilience in our young people inspires us and drives our work, our mission, and our 2020-21 theme: Together We Rise.


Please read the following information below as it contains critical information on laptop distribution, material pick ups for our virtual students, and our virtual family orientation.


Take care of yourself and one another.


Dr. Adrian Singletary

Interim Principal

Plaza Middle School

singletarya@parkhill.k12.mo.us

8/14/2020

Message from the Principal

Tiger Nation,


During these times of uncertainty, it often feels as if we are on a roller coaster full of changes. It is important to remember that as we embark on this journey into the unknown, as a collective our resolve at Plaza remains student centered and student focused.


Here at Plaza we have been working throughout the summer to ensure a safe and caring environment for staff and students as we welcome them back for the 2020-21 school year. It will indeed be memorable for everyone. I know there are a number of questions that families have regarding academics and COVID-19 protocols. Parents will be receiving additional information on August 17th.


A few other important dates include:

- August 24th (Team names will be released to families who have completed their OLV)

- September 2nd (Virtual family Orientation)



What a time to be alive. What a great time to be a Tiger!


Take care.


Dr. Adrian Singletary

Interim Principal

Plaza Middle School

singletarya@parkhill.k12.mo.us

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STUDENT ID REMINDERS

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2nd Quarter Intramurals

Starting on Tuesday, November 10th Plaza will be offering homework helper IN PERSON every Tuesday and Thursday. This is a great opportunity for students to get additional support two days a week in a safe learning environment. Also, the 5 pillars of infection control and social distancing will be observed as we continuously seek to engage our students.


This intramural is available to ALL students at Plaza both hybrid and online, however there is a cap to ensure adequate space. We ask that any interested families reach out to their life ed. teacher to sign up.


Transportation home is available on our intramural days but will need at least a week notice. Again, space is limited so interested families should reach out soon!

DECISION ABOUT SECOND SEMESTER Enrollment

The deadline for families to choose a second-semester learning option for each of their children (in-person or Park Hill Online) has been extended to Thursday, November 19th. If you want to keep your child in the same option as first semester, you do not need to do anything. If you want to switch, you will be able to do that in your Infinite Campus parent portal.


You should have received an email from the district on Oct. 29 to remind families


When considering the learning mode for your student 2nd semester either online or in-person, here is what you need to know about 2nd semester schedules:


Teachers must be reassigned to meet the learning mode requests. This can differ from building to building. This cannot be predicted until we know the number of requests and shifts between online and in-person. After the deadline of November 19th, we will know the learning mode requests of in-person and online. At that time, the schedule will be designed to meet those requests. This means that students may be reassigned to a different teacher due to balancing of class sizes. Park Hill’s communications have stated that we cannot guarantee that students will receive a teacher from their home school for online learning.


Even if you do not switch learning modes for your own student, the shift of enrollment at Plaza between in-person and online modes could cause your student to move classes and/or change teachers at semester.



More information about our learning options

November 30th and December 1st Schedule

We were previously going to be testing NWEA on the 30th and the 1st. However, with the shift to distance learning, NWEA testing has been pushed to after winter break and we are revising those two days to reflect the following:


  • Monday, November 30th will remain a RED day.
  • Tuesday, December 1st will become a WHITE day.
  • These days will follow the new distance learning schedule times of 9-3:40pm.
  • Classroom times will be used to help enhance understanding of previous content or answer any lingering questions regarding the new learning modality.
  • We will not be assigning new work on this Monday or Tuesday


Wednesday, December 2nd will be a regular Wednesday schedule as we launch into a new learning week. On Thursday, December 3rd, we will continue the new distance learning schedule with scheduled times from 9-3:40pm.

STUDENT PICTURE RETAKES & SIGN UP INFORMATION

If you have ordered your student's school photo, they were sent to your home this week. You can order your student's photos at pearcephoto.com.


Photo retakes were put on hold, please stay tuned for a fall photo retake date.

HEALTH SCREENING REMINDERS

In an effort to keep all students and staff safe at Plaza we are asking our community to partner with us when it comes to screening. Students and staff must stay home if sick with any of the below symptoms. All families and staff members were given a helpful card with these symptoms, so our Park Hill family can screen for illness before coming to school and work each day:

  • Fever
    According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, a fever is 100.4 F or greater.
  • Cough
  • Rash
  • Sore throat
  • Shortness of breath
  • Diarrhea
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Fatigue
  • Headache
  • Muscle pain
  • Lack of appetite
  • Loss of taste or smell


All members of our Park Hill family will follow these guidelines to screen for symptoms of COVID-19, and must stay home if ill.

STAFF COVID TESTING REMINDER

On Monday, November 16, the Park Hill School District began taking advantage of a state program offering rapid antigen tests, so that we can provide on-site testing for staff members who have COVID-19 symptoms. We are not currently providing testing for students.


The testing will take place on the west side of our building. Those being tested will not enter the school at all, and our district nurses will set up appointments so that traffic will not interfere with Plaza’s arrival and dismissal times.


If you have any questions regarding this please reach out to administration or Tammy Saylor, District Health Services Coordinator.

MISSING ASSIGNMENTS INFO

Below is information on how to search for missing assignments for your students:
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AMI Schedule

If bad weather, temperatures or road conditions make it unsafe for students to get to school, we will call an AMI distance learning day.


In addition, here is the schedule you can expect at Plaza:


  • All of our students, both in-person and Park Hill Online, will have distance learning on an AMI day from 9 a.m. to 3:40 p.m., with a break from noon to 1 p.m.

  • Students should check their online learning platform (Schoology) at 9 a.m. to see what teachers have planned for the day.

  • Teachers will have planning time from 8 to 9 a.m.

  • Teachers have lessons posted for students by 9 a.m.

  • Teachers will be available to students between 9 a.m. and 3:40 p.m., with the exception of an hour for lunch and midday planning from noon to 1 p.m.

  • Our teams have individual schedules that will include optional video meetings if they choose to have them.


Additional information on AMI days can be found on the district website HERE.

COMMUNICATION ON DISTANCE LEARNING

Plaza and the Park Hill School district switched to the Distance Learning modality from November 30th - December 11th. We have developed a plan for learning to continue at home. Our plan is built upon the successes from our previous experiences, corrections of our prior shortcomings, and enhancements of our new opportunities.


Below we have outlined our framework for distance learning at Plaza. Teachers have published specifics on Schoology classes as well as emailed team specific items to students and families.


Thank you for your support of Plaza Middle School. Please let us know if you have any questions.

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WHAT TO DO IF YOUR STUDENT GETS COVID-19 DURING DISTANCE LEARNING

Now that we are in distance learning, we need to continue tracking our COVID-19 data. We need to know if students become sick or exposed to COVID-19 to help the district with decision making in the future.


  • Families: Email or call your children's school nurse if they become sick or exposed to COVID-19. Plaza's Nurse is Nurse Berkley BerkleyM@parkhill.k12.mo.us, (816) 359-4214.

DISTANCE LEARNING MEALS

Free Meals
Now that we are in distance learning for two weeks from Nov. 30 to Dec. 11, our nutrition services team is working to make meals more available to all children, ages 18 and under. Families can choose between two options each week.


Bulk Frozen Meals
In addition to the normal Wednesday pickups, families are able to pick up bulk frozen meals on Mondays during this distance learning period, on Nov. 30 and Dec. 7 from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Families that choose the bulk frozen meal option may only pick up once per week. Preorder your bulk frozen meals here.

Daily Hot Meals
Families can pick up daily hot meals Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Congress Middle School and Walden Middle School. During distance learning, we will also have a hot meal pickup location at Graden Elementary. Find more information about daily hot meals here.

2ND SEMESTER DEADLINES AND SCHEDULES

The deadline for families to declare their learning modality for 2nd semester was last week. We are working diligently on schedules for our learners over the coming weeks. Please know that schedules will not be final until January 11th.

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